|SFA offers a wide range of activities for our students affording each child the opportunity to explore interests, engage in creative outlets for specific talents, and become well-rounded individuals.
Within our school, “buddy classes”, one younger and one older, are paired. Teachers schedule time to meet with “buddies” for holiday activities, as well as for help from older students with curriculum-based tasks.
Scheduled assemblies require each class to prepare a short curriculum-based presentation with students singing songs or acting out themes based on the season or month. The entire school participates in an annual Christmas Show with each class’s performance related to the school-wide theme.
Each class plans and prepares a First Friday Mass. Students participate in the reading of Scripture, in preparing the Prayer of the Faithful, and in the Presentation of Gifts. School-wide prayer experiences include: grace before and after meals, recitation of the rosary during the months of October and May, opening and closing school liturgies as well as liturgies before Thanksgiving and Christmas, distribution of ashes, blessing of throats, a May Crowning, prayer for vocations over the public address system, Pre-Communion Masses for the second grade and Reconciliation for grade 3 – 8 twice a year. Our students also participate in several “dress down days” with the donated money sent to the missions.
Students are recognized by “Student of the Month” and “Star Student” awards. Those who obey classroom rules, show respect for teachers and other students, and demonstrate good effort in subject areas receive “Student of the Month” awards. Those who excel in a special content area, for example, Music or Art, are recognized by “Star Student” awards. Their pictures and names are posted on a bulletin board located in the front hall of school and first names are posted on our school’s website.
Spirit Day, held in October, is a school-wide activity celebrating the feast of our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. Students engage in various sports activities conducted by our physical education teacher. A parent coordinates all events including procuring assistants, arranging for McDonald’s lunches, and counting sponsor donations.
Students also participate in Math Night and Family Science Night. They, along with their families, perform various curriculum-based activities at stations and receive grade-appropriate prizes. Students are invited to attend an annual Sports Day at which they play sports-related games for prizes and have the opportunity to participate in raffles. All these activities provide excellent social opportunities for our students and families. To celebrate the Columbus holiday, students participate in Italian Heritage Day for which a local restaurant provides Italian food. Parents prepare and host Mardi Gras at which our students participate in raffles and enjoy games for one period of the school day. Spelling and Math Bees, as well as an Oratorical Contest and a Poetry Presentation, are held in each classroom where all students participate. The winners from each class move on to the school bee or presentation. Parents are invited to attend and certificates of participation are awarded. We have a Walkathon every spring where the students wear t-shirts and process around the neighborhood to show off their school pride and to raise money for specific school needs.
Students have the opportunity to participate in parish-sponsored clubs such as Choir, Girl Scouts, Youth Group, CYO Sports Program. Faculty members moderate a wide variety of after-school clubs.
An After-School program is in place from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. to meet the needs of those students whose parents request supervision for their children beyond the school day. A teacher offers assistance with homework, coordinates snack-time, and oversees recreational activities. An Early Drop-Off Program allows parents to bring their children to school as early as 7:30a.m. Students may bring breakfast and are supervised by a teacher while they eat, play, and socialize.